A round-up of trending stories relevant to architectural organizations and AAO Member Spotlights. Plus, you make the news! Timely posts by and for AAO Members.

Welcoming AAO Board Member Anne-Marie Lubenau

We are pleased to welcome Anne-Marie Lubenau, Director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (RBA), to the AAO Board of Directors. The RBA is a national design award that recognizes transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to America’s cities. Anne-Marie is an architect, educator and advocate for excellence in urban design and planning. She focuses on expanding the role of architects in shaping cities by engaging people in the process of design and increasing understanding about the built environment and its impact on our lives. Read more about her work and vision for AAO below.

Welcoming AAO Board Member Gregory Wessner

We are pleased to welcome Gregory Wessner, Executive Director of Open House New York (OHNY), to the AAO Board of Directors. A curator and architectural historian, Gregory joined OHNY in 2013. Since then, the organization’s flagship program—OHNY Weekend—has exploded in popularity. OHNY also organizes tours, lectures, and other programs year-round, and under Gregory’s leadership OHNY has evolved into a platform for exploring and discussing New York’s built environment—everything from iconic buildings to public spaces, even citywide systems that sometimes go unseen or unappreciated. Read more about his work and vision for AAO below.

Welcoming AAO Board Member Pauline Herrera Serianni

We are pleased to welcome Pauline Herrera Serianni, Executive Director of the Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF), to the AAO Board of Directors. Pauline joined DAF in early 2015 to provide strategic guidance to the organization and build upon the successes of its long-standing events and programs. She brings expertise in cultural administration, nonprofit management and communications, and is passionate about expanding access to arts and philanthropy for underserved communities. Read more about her work and vision for AAO below.

When brutalist architecture meets high-tech city planning

Walking around the three glass mushrooms levitating in the centre of Prague just minutes from the Charles Square leaves one with a distinctly dystopian feel. The Karel Prager designed buildings from the early 1970s don’t exactly emanate a modern feel. But walk through the bright white neon that spell the letters C A M P and you will find yourself in a parallel universe.

AAO at ICAM19 in Copenhagen

ICAM19 Program
A delegation of AAO members visited the Danish Architecture Centre in Copenhagen earlier this month to take part in a series of meetings with members of the International Confederation of Architectural Museums as part of the ICAM19. The conference theme, “Migrating Ideas,” examined several connections and mutual interests among members of our respective networks.
These photos of the gathering are from AAO Executive Director Michael Wood.

The Opening of the Chicago Architecture Center

The storied 50-year history of the Chicago Architecture Foundation—long regarded as a global leader in architectural tours, design education, and, more recently, as successful participants in the Open House Worldwide movement—started a new chapter on August 31 when the Chicago Architecture Center officially opened to public visitors.

New Architecture Centers in Dallas and Chicago

Last month, we brought you news about the opening of BLOX, the Danish Architecture Center's new home. This month, we have updates and new renderings for two other architecture centers set to open soon: the Chicago Architecture Center and AD EX (the Architecture and Design Exchange, pictured above) in Dallas.

Notes from the opening of a new Danish Architecture Center

On May 7, 2018, the Danish Architecture Center welcomed the world to Copenhagen and to its long-awaited new home. DAC is Denmark’s national center for the development and dissemination of knowledge about architecture, building, and urban development. With the move, DAC has transformed into a larger and more visible organization that provides visitors an orientation to Danish architecture, design and livable cities. New DAC staff member Jen Masengarb, senior project manager for international visitors (and formerly the director of interpretation and research at the Chicago Architecture Foundation) reports for AAO members.


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